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Blog de Joe Bloch - Amateur de longue date de Greyhawk et rédacteur du fan module "Castle of the Mad Archmage"



mardi 15 avril 2014

  • Greyhawk through the ages
    This post is inspired by something that +Eric Franklin posted on Google+, asking about From the Ashes, and it inspired me to take a quick jaunt through the various published incarnations of the setting (Gygax's home campaign was originally quite different, but morphed into something more like (...)

lundi 14 avril 2014

  • Has fandom become too prudish and unoriginal? (NSFW)
    I happened across some photo galleries of cosplaying (although there wasn't a word for it back then, it was just "wearing costumes") from science fiction conventions in the 1970's. It made me wonder, has fandom gotten too prudish and puritanical, too Politically Correct, and too slavishly (...)

samedi 12 avril 2014

  • What happened to the DIY ethos?
    I know that the title of this post is going to honk off some folks, especially within the OSR, who will (rightly) chime in that the DIY ethos is alive and well in the RPG hobby. After all, we've got a glut of RPG rules right now - desktop publishing software and print on demand have ushered in (...)

vendredi 11 avril 2014

  • D&D Club photo circa 1984
    Dredged up from my high school yearbook without further comment, I present The Pingry School Dungeons and Dragons Club, 1984: Anyone else have such artifacts and relics lying around in their yearbooks or other tomes of dread?

mercredi 9 avril 2014

  • Castle of the Mad Archmage Pathfinder Edition Now Available
    I am pleased to announce that the Pathfinder-compatible edition of the best-selling Castle of the Mad Archmage is now available, in pdf, softcover, and hardcover editions. Converted by veteran Michael McCarty, Castle of the Mad Archmage features more than 1,500 keyed encounters on more than 13 (...)

dimanche 6 avril 2014

  • Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (spoiler-free)
    Short version: this is the best Marvel film to date. See it. Yes, it's better than The Avengers. I saw it without IMAX or 3D, in a theater about 90% full. One thing I am loving about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is that they're not afraid to do films that stretch the boundaries of what (...)

samedi 5 avril 2014

  • What are your worst nerd lacunae?
    Do you have an odd gap in your nerd-cred? Something that "every nerd knows" that you've just never seen? Or maybe a game that "every gamer's tried that" that you never tried? I've got a couple... Red Dwarf - I know it sort of looks like Doctor Who, and it's a comedy, and that's about it.E.T. (...)

mercredi 2 avril 2014

  • Ogre Miniatures Back (for a while...)
    Good news for fans of Ogre Miniatures; Warehouse 23 has them back in-stock for a very limited time. It's not the full line, and the prices are higher than they used to be, but if you have any holes in your collection and want to fill them with metal, now's the time to do it because apparently (...)

mardi 1er avril 2014

  • My favorite April Fool's hoax
    My perennial post on April 1. I still laugh at this one.

  • Thoughts on a shared Universal Monster Universe
    So there's talk about Universal doing a reboot of 2004's Van Helsing, in the hopes of starting off a shared universe along the same lines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently Bob Orci is starting off with a Mummy film (which could be a great place to start). Now, I might argue that (...)

vendredi 28 mars 2014

  • RIP Dave Trampier
    Another of the greats from the early days of the hobby has passed away. Dave Trampier, who lent his unique and wonderful artistic style to the early books and magazines by TSR, died on Monday at age 59. He turned his back on the RPG world many years ago, but we never turned our back on him. (...)

mercredi 26 mars 2014

  • Dexcon / OSWARP registration now live!
    Ahoy, east coast gamers! It's two cons for the price of one (well, one-half, actually - see below). This July 2-6 will find the Dexcon convention in beautiful Morristown, NJ (an hour from NYC by train, less if you're driving), as well as the first-ever OSWARP (Old School Wargaming and Role (...)

jeudi 20 mars 2014

  • Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing
    Want to see what appears to be some prototype figures from the upcoming D&D Attack Wing game? The one based on the hit games Star Wars X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing? Of course you do! That comes from the Dice Tower Twitter feed, by the by. Coming to stores this October! To which, I have (...)

mercredi 19 mars 2014

  • D&D 5th Edition News from GAMA
    ENWorld has a nice recap of the highlights from Wizards' presentation on the upcoming 5th edition of D&D. You can read the whole thing here, but the gist of it is: Organized play will be set in the Forgotten Realms, and 5E will kick off with the Tyranny of Dragons story, which centers on (...)

mardi 18 mars 2014

  • Scarce spell components
    I'm currently reading a translation of a couple of the Black Books from Swedish folk-magic, and one thing that struck me was the really interesting items (what D&D-me would call "material components") are needed to properly do the spells. For instance: A "blade of regret" - a steel weapon (...)

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 4)
    Ehlonna, looking remarkably like Counselor Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation...and just be aware this series is going to take a while to get through the whole thing. I'll try to step up the pace a bit. Ehlonna of the Forests is our next entry. Her avatar sees to have been demoted in (...)

dimanche 16 mars 2014

  • Save the date, my fellow grognards - the Oswarp con is coming!
    The first Oswarp ("Old School Wargaming and Role Playing") convention, to be held concurrently with this year's Dexcon convention, will be held in Morristown, NJ Friday July 4th and Saturday the 5th. The hope is that next year we can spin it off to its own stand-alone OSR convention in (...)

samedi 15 mars 2014

  • D&D is eeeevil!
    Timothy Brannan earlier posted a couple of nifty videos from the 1980's "D&D is evil" craze. I thought I'd post a few photos of a bit of my own collection of "Satanic Panic" memorabilia, specifically the D&D thingamabobs. The one at the top, I think we're all familiar with ("NO! NOT (...)

jeudi 13 mars 2014

  • D&D slips to fourth place
    According to ICV2's Internal Correspondence, D&D has now slipped to fourth place in overall sales in the retail sphere, behind Pathfinder, Star Wars, and now Fate. This shouldn't be surprising, and the Q2 numbers are likely to be just as dismal for D&D. With the imminent release of 5th (...)

mercredi 12 mars 2014

  • Swords of the Damned hard copy now available!
    Woo-hoo! "Swords of the Damned," the first-ever novel based on Adventures Dark and Deep™ novel is now available in hard copy! Here's the cover blurb: Morcar, a professional adventurer down on his luck, is shanghaied into attempting his riskiest mission yet – venturing into the labyrinthine (...)

samedi 8 mars 2014

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 3)
    Next up is Celestian, "The Far Wanderer." Again, we see some of the verbiage in the description taken verbatim from the earlier Guide to the World of Greyhawk. His stats once again go down - in the earlier work he is a 14th level magic-user and 15th level ranger, but his avatar is merely a 13th (...)

vendredi 7 mars 2014

jeudi 6 mars 2014

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 2)
    Next up are the deity-specific rules, and working alphabetically we come first to Boccob. Boccob's avatar is an 18th level magic-user with 62 h.p. (in the Glossography he was 24th level in both magic-user and illusionist with 354 h.p.) with several special abilities, including the dreaded Disc (...)

mardi 4 mars 2014

  • On the 5th Edition Release
    By now, most of you have probably already heard about the listing for the D&D 5th Edition Players Handbook (and starter set) that were put up, seemingly accidentally, on Barnes and Nobel's website, and taken down soon thereafter. I happen to think this was a genuine mistake (it's happened (...)

samedi 1er mars 2014

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 1)
    I thought it might be interesting to go through one of the often-overlooked pieces of Greyhawkiana out there, somewhat in-depth. The Greyhawk Adventures hardcover book, "designed and coordinated" by Jim Ward, featured writing by at least seven other people, including Skip Williams and Nigel D. (...)

jeudi 27 février 2014

  • Swords of the Damned ebook now available
    Well that happened a little bit sooner than I was expecting! I am pleased to announce that the ebook version of the first-ever Adventures Dark and Deep novel, Swords of the Damned, is now available through Amazon.com (what, you're in Britain? Fine... here you go). Here's the blurb: Morcar, a (...)

mardi 25 février 2014

  • Dreamation 2014 Recap
    This past weekend was the Dreamation gaming convention in Morristown, NJ. I was there in a variety of capacities - I had a publisher's table and was selling both Adventures Dark and Deep™ and Castle of the Mad Archmage™, I ran Ogre Designer's Edition as one of Steve Jackson Games' MiBs, and I got (...)

  • Coming Soon...

vendredi 21 février 2014

  • Megadungeon talk abounds!
    "There's something afoot in the wind"There's definitely something in the air lately, because I've noticed a decided uptick in the conversations about megadungeons in the OSR blogosphere lately. I cannot help but be pleased, of course, as this is a subject near and dear to my heart, and my own (...)

mercredi 19 février 2014

  • Megadungeon-Based Game Mechanics
    There are a number of game mechanics built into the AD&D rules (and other versions, but I'll be using AD&D 1st edition as my primary example here) that directly support the idea that megadungeon play - as exemplified in campaigns such as Castle Greyhawk, Maure Castle, and Castle (...)

mardi 18 février 2014

  • Details on Wizkids' D&D Miniatures Plans
    Some breaking news out of the NYC Toy Fair (at which I was originally supposed to be today, but unfortunately my plans had to be changed last-minute) regarding the plans for Wizkids' upcoming D&D miniatures line, as posted originally on ICv2. There will be two lines of minis; a regular (...)

samedi 15 février 2014

  • Rating the Doctors
    I've been a fan of Doctor Who since I was in junior high, watching Tom Baker on Saturday afternoons on the New Jersey public television station. I've been a fan ever since, and the show has gained me many friends (mostly from college - in the first months of freshman year, a lot of us (...)

  • Rating the Doctors
    I've been a fan of Doctor Who since I was in junior high, watching Tom Baker on Saturday afternoons on the New Jersey public television station. I've been a fan ever since, and the show has gained me many friends (mostly from college - in the first months of freshman year, a lot of us (...)

mardi 11 février 2014

  • Is it really "The Flanaess"?
    "A catalogue of the land of Flanaess..."Sometimes things have been staring you in the face, literally for nearly thirty-five years, and you only notice them when they happen to catch your eye. For as long as I've been aware, fans of the World of Greyhawk setting have referred to the (...)

jeudi 6 février 2014

  • An East Coast OSR Con?
    For the past couple of weeks I've been quietly asking prominent figures in the OSR, particularly those in the greater NYC area, if they'd be interested in participating in an East Coast convention targeted at an OSR audience. (No offense if I haven't reached out to you (...)

lundi 3 février 2014

  • New Game Day
    Woo hoo! This was a pretty good day gaming-wise in several respects. First and foremost, I finally got to show up at a meeting of the Jersey Area Gamers, which is a group of old grognards like me who play mostly older wargames. I've literally been trying to make it to a meeting for months, (...)

dimanche 2 février 2014

  • Suspense & Decision Issue 3 Now Available
    The third issue of the play-by-mail e-zine "Suspense and Decision" is now available. I've got to say, for a subset of the gaming hobby which was supposedly defunct, there sure seems to be a lot of material to write about. This 'zine is coming out at a prodigious pace, and even though I (...)

vendredi 31 janvier 2014

  • Castle of the Mad Archmage Now Available!
    At long last, the print version of Castle of the Mad Archmage is now available! The free serialized version from several years ago has been added to, scrubbed, edited, and generally improved upon. The adventure now is self-contained, from the surface ruins to the dreaded lowest levels, with a (...)

mardi 28 janvier 2014

  • 576, 591, or beyond?
    I'm in the very early stages of putting together a new Greyhawk campaign, and I'm giving very serious consideration to setting it in the CY 591 time-frame, rather than the 576 period which I usually use. For those who aren't as close to the "inside baseball" of Greyhawk as I am, (...)

lundi 27 janvier 2014

  • The Doctor's New Duds
    Goofy pose aside, I like it. Plain, with just a little flash of color. Long coat evokes some of the earliest incarnations of the Doctor. I like it. From the official Doctor Who Twitter feed.

dimanche 26 janvier 2014

  • Trailer: The Great Kingdom
    I've gotta say this looks amazing. Love the soundtrack - I hope they keep that. And, as far as I know, this is a different thing than Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary, which was Kickstarted back in 2012. At least, the name of the production company is (...)

  • Happy Birthday, D&D
    Renowned D&D scholar Jon Peterson has pinpointed the post likely date of D&D's creation as January 26, 1974. So, thanks to Gary and the rest of the pioneers for many years of fun.

samedi 25 janvier 2014

  • How Gary Gygax described Greyhawk in 1989
    Anyone who aspires to run a game in Greyhawk would do well to read this. In four paragraphs the entire vast potential of the setting (and the game as a whole) just springs to life:Within the dungeon settings of the Greyhawk campaign were areas that removed play to exotic places of water, (...)

mercredi 22 janvier 2014

  • An Iuzian Conundrum
    Last March, when I posted about the meta-campaign originally envisioned by Gary Gygax that would encompass The Village of Hommlet, Temple of Elemental Evil, Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, and Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun, commenter fluxisrad made an interesting observation about the timing of the (...)

samedi 18 janvier 2014

  • 70's Victorian Caper Films
    There's a very specific sub-genre of film that I just can't get enough of, and that's the 70's Victorian caper film. There was a time in the 1970's when several period Victorian-era films were made that essentially were what we would call today "caper films". They show some (...)

jeudi 16 janvier 2014

  • Review: Black & White
    Black & White is a six-issue comic published by Kenzer from July 2002 through January 2003. (Interested readers may wish to glance through my review of another Kenzer series from around the same time, Tempest's Gate.) The six issues are entitled: Once a Thief...New Friends, Old (...)

mardi 14 janvier 2014

  • What do you want to see in 2014?
    I'm looking for some input into what you might want to see from me in 2014. Please take a minute to complete this quick four question survey and let me know! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CS53S7S

vendredi 10 janvier 2014

  • Greyhawk fans - where's your favorite campaign locale?
    I'd like to ask a question of all the Greyhawk fans out there. Where's your favorite place, region, etc. to set a campaign? The Great Kingdom? Wild Coast? Keoland? Ull? More importantly, why? To answer my own question and get the ball rolling, I personally prefer the City of Greyhawk (...)

dimanche 5 janvier 2014

vendredi 3 janvier 2014

  • Timing is Everything
    You know how I'm working on a wuxia/Chinese mythology supplement for Adventures Dark and Deep™? Check out these two awesome movie trailers. First is The Monkey King, coming out January 31: And then we have Journey to the West, coming out March 17: Technically, they're both based on the (...)

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vendredi 20 janvier 2017

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Greyhawk Reborn !

samedi 21 novembre 2015

Greyhawk Reborn is a new living-style campaign based in the legendary World of Greyhawk using the D&D 5E rules !

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Best of Greyhawk # 15

lundi 26 août 2013

Voici le 15e fichier qui compile les meilleurs articles postés sur le forum Greyhawk d’AOL (Juillet - Aout 1996).

Best of Greyhawk #15

Canonfire Chronicles

vendredi 2 août 2013

Un petit frère (un fork amical) à Oerth Journal, vient tout juste d’être publié. Il contient plus de 150 pages, essentiellement d’aventures, rédigées par les amateurs et les spécialistes du monde de Greyhawk.

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